Heap o' Links Sat Sep 25, 2021

Links and videos political and amusing

Bits & Bytes - Sat Sep 25, 2021
chrissy on PoliNation, news, views, and links to amuse

Vic's ♠ News
Links and comments. Starts on comment #103

Bluebird of Bitterness
Caturday Funnies —Simon's Cat video (2016)
Happy Caturday — autumn leaves edition —d'awww alert

Ace of Spades Pet Thread
Discussing critters and pet culture

h/t Tall Cool Gentleman in a Black Suit on A♠
Corona VirusOnce Upon A Time…

…in a not-so-tiny nation called Spain, a nursing home had a nasty virus get into it. … March of 2020. …Covid-19. And this nursing home, like so many others all over the world, was full of elderly, morbid people. The mean age of residents was 85 and 48% were over 80 years old. It was a killing field, like so many others… Within three months 100% of the residents had caught the virus. Not presumed to have -- proved to have.… Many of them died, right? … No. Not only did nearly none die none went to the hospital either because they rapidly figured out how to stop the virus from killing people — and did exactly that.… So what did these few nursing homes do that nobody has done since and nobody reported out at the time?

h/t Vic on A♠ —"Do not believe anything the Maricopa Report says."
Reports: Leaked Arizona Senate Doc Says Maricopa Noncompliance Prevented ‘Complete’ Vote Audit

“Had Maricopa County chosen to cooperate with the audit, the majority of these obstacles would have easily been overcome. By the County withholding subpoena items, their unwillingness to answer questions as is normal between auditor and auditee, and in some cases actively interfering with audit research, the County prevented a complete audit,” the executive summary concluded.

h/t Vic on A♠
Photographer behind viral images of Border Patrol agents on horseback: 'I've never seen them whip anyone'
Pictures seized on by progressives as akin to slavery are being 'misconstrued,' photographer says
By David Rutz, Fox News, Sep 24, 2021

Paul Ratje's photos were framed by some Democrats and liberal media members as showing agents using "whips" to corral Haitians trying to cross the border. But critics pushed back and said they were clearly holding reins as they confronted them, and Ratje backed them up.

"I’ve never seen them whip anyone," Ratje told KTSM, an NBC affiliate in El Paso, Texas. "He was swinging it, but it can be misconstrued when you’re looking at the picture."

h/t Pixy Mesa on A♠ Tech Report
Your Face Is Not a Bar Code
Arguments Against Automatic Face Recognition in Public Places
Philip E. Agre, Sep 10, 2003

I believe that automatic face recognition in public places, including commercial spaces such as shopping malls that are open to the public, should be outlawed. The dangers outweigh the benefits. The necessary laws will not be passed, however, without overwhelming pressure of public opinion and organizing. To that end, this article presents the arguments against automatic face recognition in public places, followed by responses to the most common arguments in favor.

h/t Krebs v Carnot on A♠
Atlantic Ocean Tsunamis

Maps of Atlantic Tsunami Travel Times…
Although the incidence of Atlantic tsunamis is low, the threat should be taken seriously because millions of people live in low-elevation locations around the rim of the Atlantic basin. The travel time maps below show that once a tsunami is generated, the response time for mass evacuation can be uncomfortably short.

California Persecution
Wild Bill for America, YouTube, Sep 25, 2021 (2:35)